Environment and Cow-Shine Vayala

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Environment and Cow:

Environment and Cow

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Being part of farming, food, medicine, and industry, cow also contributes to the health of environment

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Ancient scripture state that “Suryaketu” nerve on cow’s back absorbs harmful radiations and cleanses atmosphere. Mere presence of cows is a great contribution to environment. India has approximately 30 crore cattle. Using their dung to produce bio gas, we can save 6.0 crore ton of firewood every year. This would arrest deforestation to that extent. Cow dung has important role in preserving environment. When we burn cow dung, it balances atmospheric temperature and kills germs in the air. Cow dung has antiseptic, anti radioactive and anti thermal properties. When we coat the walls and clean the floors of house with cow dung, it protects the dwellers. In 1984, gas leak in Bhopal killed more than 20,000 people. Those living in houses with cow dung coated walls were not affected. Atomic power centres in India and Russia even today use cow dung to shield radiation . African deserts were made fertile using cow dung. We can reduce acid content in water by treating it with cow dung. When we offer ghee in fire as part of ritualistic sacrifices, it strengthens the ozone layer and shields the earth from harmful radiations from Sun. A relationship between increasing number of butcher houses and earth quakes is being proven .

Agriculture:

Agriculture Joys of Cow Based Farming

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Indian agriculture has variety. There is no farmproduct that we don’t cultivate. Our land grows all kinds of grains, pulses, vegetables, fruits, flowers, cotton and silk. About 70% of our population has embraced agriculture as profession. Majority of them are small farmers, owning one or two acres of land. Our agricultural landscape is diverse and vivid in land topology, soil type and quality, irrigation method and frequency of harvesting. Cattle are integral part of this huge canvas of agriculture. We use oxen to plough, to pick and move harvested crops, in irrigation, cow manure as fertiliser, and cow urine as insecticide .

Unique Role of Cow in Agriculture :

Unique Role of Cow in Agriculture

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In our country with small holdings and small scale farming, there is no better alternative toemploying cattle in farming. While ploughing, the oxen stride with gentle gait, not harming the surface of the earth, unlike tractors. Even as they plough the land, the oxen defecate and urinate, fertilising the land. Cattle Manure : organic manure, green leaf manure, earthworms,and slurry manure with cattle manure bond with the nature and make the land fertile. They do not create the challenge of chemical waste. 99% of the insects in nature are beneficial to the system. Insecticides prepared from cow urine or well fermented butter milk do not affect these helpful insects. Dung from one cow is adequate to fertilise 5 acres of land and its urine is can protect 10 acres of crop from insects. As per the Supreme Court, cow dung produced by one oxen can support a family for 4 years. Oxen do not pollute the atmosphere .

Food from Cow : from the start to end of a meal:

Food from Cow : from the start to end of a meal A mother nursing her infant depends on cow’s milk for her own nourishment. A mother feeds her child for a year or two; then cow is lifelong refuge for us all. Cow feeds its own calf and spares plenty for us too.

Taste of India:

Taste of India Different popular beverages like coffee, tea, etc. require milk as an important ingredient. Scores of sweet dishes are milk based. Curd, butter, and ghee are essential part of Indian meal. Taste of items deep fried in ghee is unmatched. Butter milk quenches thirst in addition to being a base for many popular dishes in our cooking.

Medicine:

Medicine Cow Products as Medicine

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World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as a combination of physical, mental, spiritual and social wholeness. WHO has also predicted that bacteria will become immune to antibiotics by the year 2020. That does not scare us! We can depend on Panchagavya – milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung. These have excellent medical qualities individually as well as a concoction, without any adverse side effect. In addition, if we are already under some other medication, consumption of panchagavya acts as a catalyst. Ancient books on Ayurveda state that consumption of cow urine increases resistance to diseases by up to 104%. Note : increase to 104% is an increase of 4%. What do we mean?

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Health from Panchagavya : Distilled Cow Urine • Milk : Charaka Samhita states, “Milk is the best life strengthener.” While Casin protein in milk helps growth of infants, calcium and sulphur strengthen our bones. Milk is also rich in vitamins D and Bcomplex. • Curd arrests diarrhoea, controls fat, and resists cancer. • Ghee improves intelligence and beauty. It is used to treat eye diseases. • Distilled cow urine is effective in treatment of flu, arthritis, bacterial diseases, food poisoning,indigestion, oedema, and leprosy. • Panchagavya Mix : Various medical formulations like Panchagavya Ghrita, Amritasara,Ghanavati, Ksharavati, Netrasara etc. are invaluable medicines in Ayurvedic system.

Religious Rituals:

Religious Rituals Cow in Religious Rituals

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Our culture has retained a strong relationship between cows and temples . Gou Tulabhara • Cow is accepted as divine. • Day dawns with worship of cow. • Worship and feeding of cow is part of daily rituals. • Cow has precedence in festivals at home. • There are several festivals where cow is prominent. • Many temples have cow sheds at the entrance, enhancing the divine feelings. • Traditionally we have used Panchagavya to cleanse and purify. • God’s idols are washed with milk, curd and ghee. • For lighting holy lamp we use ghee. We also give offering of ghee to deities. • Preparation of various offerings to the God use ghee and milk. • Butter is used in decorating deities.

Economy:

Economy

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Cow’s Role in Economy • 70% of our people depend on agriculture. 98% of them depend on cattle based agriculture. • India produces more milk than all other countries. • Goods carried by ox carts is 4 to 5 times as much as by trains. This saves considerable foreign exchange. E.g., Transportation worth Rs. 50,000 crore was done by ox carts in 2005. • By expanding cow based industry, cow would have a defining stature in our economy. Sadly its already important position is not accepted by our people .

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Cow in Industry Milk and milk products from cow are used in preparing wholesome dishes and food products. Cow products are effective in treatment for cancer, hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases, neurological problems, psychological problems, skin diseases, ENT problems, fever, cold, hair loss, etc. They can also be used in cosmetic products like soap, shampoo and beauty aids. They help in farming and provide manure and insecticides. We can get cooking gas and electricity from cow dung.

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Cow Industry is Practical : Gobar Energy • India leads the world in milk production. In 1998 – 99, India produced 7.5 crore ton milk. 70% of this produce is from small farmers. • South India has more than 75,000 gobar gas installations, achieved by the S.K.G. Society of Kolar. • A scientist named Bug Jones established Inland Energy Corporation in California. They collect 1500 ton cow dung a day from the neighbourhood and produce 50 MW of electricity. • Gurjarat State Government purchases cow urine at Rs. 3 per kg and cow dung at Rs. 2 per kg.

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Role of Cow in the Battlefield Apart from responding to our daily needs, cows have fought for us in battlefields! Recorded Battles : • When Hyder Ali was ruling the Mysore State, the Nizam of Hyderabad attacked Chitradurga Fort. Hyder Ali had a fleet of Amrit Mahal oxen in his army! He tied burning torches to the horns of 237 of these oxen and let them attack Nizam’s army, resulting in the defeat of 3,000 strong attacking army. • Captain Javinson had Amrit Mahal oxen in his brigade in Afghanistan. As recorded by him, when his troop travelled in narrow valleys of Teri hills in 1842, the oxen were cheerful even after pulling the carts for 16 continuous hours. • Commanding Officer Lord Wellesley credits the Amrit Mahal oxen for his victory over Napoleon in Pensular War. • Amrit Mahal oxen were part of the troop deployed in Mesopotamia in First Word War (1914 1918). They surprised the people by walking faster than camels, crossing narrow valleys and bridges with tact, adapting to adverse weather conditions and fighting with even reduced feed.

From vedas and purana:

From vedas and purana 1.Cow’s urine, dung, milk, ghee, curd and gorochana - these six are the most auspicious products. 2.By the service of the cow and consuming cow products, awareness and spirit, both enhance. (Atri Samhita 310) 3.Cow is my mother and ox my father. Let the pair bless me with happiness in this world and bliss in heaven. I depend on cow for my life - thus stating one should surrender to cow.

Other Religions:

Other Religions

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Concern for cow in other religions • Bible has praised ox as God. • Jews respected cow and were excellent cowherds. • Among the four legged animals, cow is the supreme; treat it with respect Hajarat Mohammed. • Cow’s milk and butter are great medicines. Its meat is a cause for diseases. Hajarat Ayesha and Ullas Tivari Jahir. • Cow’s milk is medicinal Innamasur Sahavi Rasul. • Abdul Mulk Ivanmaddana Subedar in Iran and Hijaj Bin Yusuf in his province had prohibited cow slaughter. • 110th Ahal Sunnat in Afgahnistan had banned cow slaughter by Fatwa. • Zoroaster prayed to God for knowledge and conduct to achieve prosperity of cows and human kind. (Yashana 4512) • People of Bali used to wrap the corpse in papercow and cremate. With this, they believed that the soul of the dead would go to heaven. • Many Buddha temples in Thailand have idols of cows. A cow idol occupies a prominent location in the world famous Buddha temple in Bangkok. • Archaeologists have found idols of cows when they excavated in Philippines. • Ancient pyramids of Egypt have pictures of cow.

Dark Chapter of Cow Slaughter:

Dark Chapter of Cow Slaughter

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1760 : Robert Clive established in Calcutta the first abattoir of the country. • 1861 : Queen Victoria wrote to Viceroy of India prompting to hurt the Indian sentiments towards cows. • 1947 : At the time of independence, India had a little more than 300 abattoirs. Today there are more than 35,000 approved ones. There are thousands of unapproved slaughter houses. • The cowbreeds have fallen from 70 to 33. Even among the remaining breeds, some are at the verge of extinction. • Cow population has reduced by 80% after independence. • 1993- 94 : India exported 1,01,668 ton beef, with a target of 2,00,000 tons for 199495. • We slaughter cow for its hide to make vanity bags and belts, bonemeal for tooth paste, blood for vitamin tablets and intestines (especially of calves) for making gold and silver wafers to stick on sweets. • It is believed that series of earthquakes like the ones at Lathur in 1993 and in Bihar in 1994 arecaused because of cowslaughter.

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